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Undergraduate Admissions Policies

Admissions Requirements

The Board of Admissions takes into consideration your academic record, professional experience, as well as aptitude for music-related studies. Applicants must have proficiency in the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking, and must have completed high school/secondary school by the time they enroll at Berklee Online. Our comprehensive evaluation of each applicant is designed to assess an applicant’s ability to succeed at Berklee Online.

Refer to the undergraduate degree admissions requirements page to learn more.


Application Form

Berklee Online requires applicants to apply online. The fee is $75.00 (non-refundable), to be paid by credit card at the time of the application submission. Note that all correspondence related to the application will be addressed to the email address provided on the application.

Supporting Application Materials


  1. Video presentation (uploaded to YouTube) or essay (500 word) in which applicants:
    1. tell us about your background, particularly any experience with music and/or the entertainment industry
    2. share goals for pursuing a degree program in music business or music production
    3. discuss career aspirations in music
    4. describe how a degree from Berklee Online will help achieve personal, professional, and creative goals
  2. Two letters of recommendation:
    1. one academic/professional
    2. one personal (not by a family member) that attests to his/her personal character
    3. Note In the application, applicants will be prompted to submit the email addresses of the people writing letters of recommendation. They will then receive a link to submit their letters online.
  3. Official transcripts (all documents must be in English; international applicants should review additional guidelines below):
    1. one official copy of a high school transcript or official GED (for applicants with more than 24 college credits completed, a copy of the high school diploma or transcript may be submitted instead)
    2. official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended or currently attending
  4. TOEFL or IELTS score for applicants whose first language is not English.
  5. For some majors, a recorded audition or portfolio of compositions is required.

Mail application materials to:
Berklee Online Admissions
855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

International Applicants/Students Who Have Studied outside the United States
International applicants and those applicants who have studied outside the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation by an accredited credential evaluation agency, such as the Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org). Ask for a course-by-course evaluation with grades.

TOEFL Requirements
Applicants to the degree program whose first language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to complete their application for admission. Berklee Online recommends the following scores:

  • TOEFL: iBT (internet-based): 100; Computer-based: 250; Paper-based: 600
  • IELTS: 7.5 or higher

Home-Schooled Applicants
Home-schooled applicants must submit a homeschool portfolio outlining all course content, textbooks used, examples of work done, and grades received.

Prior Learning Credit
A maximum of 30 prior learning credits may be earned toward a student’s degree. To gain prior learning credit, a student must first be accepted into a Berklee Online degree program. The student must then enroll in the Prior Learning Portfolio course, in which they complete and submit a portfolio, consisting of a resume, written narratives, and supporting documentation, such as business plans, production projects, scores, or audio. The materials should demonstrate what he/she has learned, where he/she learned it, and how that learning equates to the course(s) for which he/she is seeking credit. The student should draw parallels between stated course objectives as shown on Berklee Online course syllabi and the learning through work, volunteer activities, or other experiences. An academic advisory committee will review the portfolio and issue final approval for prior learning credits. For more information on prior learning and associated fees, visit https://online.berklee.edu/degrees/about/prior-learning-credit.


Contacting Berklee Online Admissions

Toll-free within the United States and Canada:
1-866-BERKLEE (1-866-237-5533)
Outside the U.S. and Canada: (617) 747-2146 Option 1
Email: advisors@online.berklee.edu


Transfer Credit

Berklee Online recognizes the integrity of college-level coursework completed at other higher education institutions and strives to award as much transfer credit as possible to assist students in pursuit of their academic and musical goals.

A maximum of 60 transfer credits aligned with a student’s degree program can be accepted from external colleges and/or universities with regional accreditation. Courses must be passed with a grade of C, 73%, 2.0 or better.

Students who have completed credits through Berklee prior to matriculating may also transfer their coursework, which does not count toward the 60 external credit limit.

In rare cases, transfer credit may be granted for coursework completed at a nationally accredited institution. Accreditation must be granted by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). This credit is granted solely at the discretion of the Dean.

For more information, student should refer to the Transfer Credit Policies here.


Acceptance Into Berklee Online

Placement/Proficiency Testing
Entering students may take a music proficiency assessment and other exams specific to their major. The results of these assessments are used to place entering students in classes appropriate to ability level.

Orientation Course
All Berklee Online degree students are required to complete an online orientation course. The purpose of the online orientation is to ensure that students are well prepared to take online courses. The orientation course should be completed by 5:00 P.M. on Sunday prior to the start of the semester.

Acceptance Expiration
Admission acceptances are only valid for four consecutive semesters.

Acceptance to Berklee College of Music versus Berklee Online
Students accepted to Berklee College of Music who wish to pursue a degree through Berklee Online will need to apply for admission to Berklee Online. Documentation provided to Berklee College of Music during the original application process may be used during the application process for Berklee Online. Students who are dismissed from Berklee College of Music may not apply for admission to Berklee Online.

Students accepted to Berklee Online who wish to pursue a degree through Berklee College of Music will need to apply for admission to Berklee College of Music and go through the audition and interview process for Berklee College of Music.

Acceptance to one degree program does not confer acceptance to another degree program.

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